Inside Sources Told NYT’s Maggie Haberman That Trump Is Bitter At Ron DeSantis For Not Saying The “Magic Words” Pledging Not To Run For President In 2024

Trump isn't too happy.

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Despite the fact that Florida’s “autocratic” Republican Governor Ron DeSantis hasn’t actually given any real indication that he plans to vie for the White House in the upcoming 2024 presidential election, it seems to be a pretty widely accepted possibility that the DeSantis hat will be thrown into the ring before it’s all said and done.

Because, while Ron hasn’t specifically stated that he will be running for president in 2024, he hasn’t specifically stated that he wouldn’t be either. And, apparently, that’s really getting his old pal Donald Trump’s knickers in a twist.

Recently, the one-term, twice-impeached former guy has been taking a few potshots at the southern GOP governor, who he’s long seen as a potential presidential rival come 2024. And according to sources who have recently spoken with the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman, a lot of Trump’s recent ignition of DeSantis digs seemingly stems from his bitterness that his Florida gubernatorial twin won’t say the “magic words” when it comes to pledging against running for the White House in a few short years.

“Trump has been telling people that DeSantis won’t say ‘the magic words,’ meaning won’t tell him he won’t run against him in 2024. That’s part of what’s happening.”

Haberman notes that Trump’s current obsession revolves around desperately positioning himself to get all of the credit for COVID-19 vaccines when it comes to going head to head with a GOP presidential challenger in the coming months.

“Trump is not only positioning himself to get credit for a vaccine he once demanded it for, but he is trying to make DeSantis look like a ‘typical pol’ who won’t be straightforward,” the Times reporter wrote on Twitter.

Recently, the ex-president took a not-so-thinly veiled jab at DeSantis when he publicly lambasted “gutless” politicians who refuse to reveal whether or not they’ve received their COVID-19 booster shots — a move DeSantis himself has recently pulled.

So far, polls are still showing Donald Trump as the resounding golden child among Republican voters when it comes to the party’s 2024 presidential nominee — in spite of the fact that Trump lost the 2020 election to Joe Biden by more than 7 million humiliating votes, as well as losing long-running Republican strongholds in states such as Arizona and Georgia.

Featured image via Flickr/The White House 

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